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Woman Struck And Killed By SEPTA Bus In North Philly

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By Syma Chowdhry, Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A woman is dead after being hit by a SEPTA bus in the Olney section of Philadelphia early Saturday morning.

The incident happened at 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Rising Sun and Olney Avenues.

A SEPTA spokeswoman says a Route 18 bus was driving south on Rising Sun and making a right turn onto Olney when it hit a 51-year-old woman.

“She was dragged underneath the bus and then medics came and she was pronounced at the scene,” Captain Frank Llewellyn explained.

The bus made a stop on Rising Sun Avenue – prior to turning on Olney. There were nine passengers on board at the time of the accident.

“It turned and it turned real slow,” neighbor Stevie Taylor said. “It turned out far because there was no traffic on the other side.  She just ran out, hit the front and went under.”

Foster says he has seen many people putting themselves at risk trying to cross the street before a bus makes a turn:

“Everybody says the bus is going slow enough so they start running.  They don’t realize how fast the bus is really going.”

Police are now reviewing videos from surveillance cameras in the area in hopes of learning more about this tragic accident.

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